Mexico planning summer events to boost visitors, economy

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MEXICO – Hoping to draw visitors and entertain locals this summer, the Recreation Committee is planning outhouse and lawnmower races, and maybe a concert series.

“We want to bring events here that would draw visitors to see who we are. We’re not just a mill town,” Selectman Peter Merrill said.

The Recreation Committee, along with the Mexico Fire Department Relief Association, are teaming up to bring lawnmower races to the town’s recreation park in June. Money raised will benefit the relief association and help spruce up the park.

The outhouse races are tentatively scheduled for July 10. A team of five will be needed: two to pull, two to push, and one to sit.

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Both races will have a list of rules for participants, and Merrill wants as many children and adults as possible to take part.

He said the recreation park stage has been moved to the back of the park near the Swift River as a possible venue for musical performances. Offering a variety of summer events is one way Merrill believes young people can keep busy and engaged in their hometowns.

“We need to look ahead to keep the youth busy. Maybe (some of these events) will bring a business or two here, too. Everybody benefits,” he said.

Anyone with ideas for other summer recreation park activities, or those who wish to help out with those already being planned, may call Merrill at 364-3343, or contact Recreation Director Greg Arsenault at Maddy’s Pizza.

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